Very early diagnosis also sharpens our clinical focus on the latent potential of other conditions - such oro-motor difficulties and Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD) - to frustrate an infant’s anticipated progression to spoken language.
The Infant Monitor of vocal Production (IMP) (Cantle Moore, 2004) was primarily conceived as a parent education tool, to scaffold parent understanding as to the nature and pace of their infant’s vocal progress toward speech.
Clinically, the IMP is a normed instrument which documents and assesses when (or whether) an infant’s innate vocal behaviours transition to audition-led imitations of speech and salient words. The resulting shared parent and professional knowledge aids timely decision-making with regard to intervention, appropriate device fitting and/or language habilitation approach.
Online training material is available to interested parties. You can register on the eIMP website to access the Infant Monitor of vocal Production/eIMP assessment tool online.